Fezziwig, the jolly boss that Scrooge and Marley (Richard Donelly) drove to bankruptcy, is played by Fred Sullivan Jr. as a champagne-bottle-waving life of the party. Since it's a flashback to years before, the party is danced to the Charleston, for some of the most fun choreography I recall in this show. The musical direction by Jeremy Fenn-Smith always strikes the right tone, such as "Hard Times Come Again No More" sung by a soup kitchen line.

Of course, the heart and soul of A Christmas Carol is Scrooge's redemption scene at the end. This one is on the money in several regards. Thanks to director Windom, the pacing problem that has weakened some versions has been solved; after Ebenezer sees his tombstone and admits what a wretched reprobate he has been, a musical interlude gives him and us time for that to sink in before he gets giddy and begins his joyful, generous new life.

In keeping with Dickens's humanistic rather than religious understanding of the Christmas spirit, which can draw the best out of us, to paraphrase Tiny Tim, "God, in the form of Art and Theater, bless us, everyone!"

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